THE IKEA MUSEUM. A JOURNEY THROUGH DIFFERENT TIMES AND CONTEXTS

TEXT: WOJCIECH TRZCIONKA, PHOTOS: COURTESY IKEA

ÄLMHULT 2.7.2016

DESIGN EVENTS LIFESTYLE TRAVEL

The Ikea Museum is now open in Älmhult, Sweden. The Main exhibition takes you on a journey through different times and contexts.
The Ikea Museum is housed in what was once the very first Ikea store in Älmhult, which opened in 1958. “Ikea Museum is forward-looking, but it’s also necessary to look back in time to understand what drives Ikea today. The story of Ikea is about innovation and daring decisions along with mistakes and misguided ventures. Often it is the set-backs that have taught us the most at Ikea,” says Cia Eriksson, Creative Leader of the project that has made Ikea Museum possible.

The Main exhibition takes you on a journey through different times and contexts. “Here, we share everything that makes Ikea what it is today - the ideas and driving forces, the people and furniture, the mistakes and lessons learned. In one part of the exhibition we also highlight the stories of the longest serving products in the range. For example, the Klippan sofa, much- loved for its kid-friendly design and changeable covers. We are invited in to people's homes around the world to see the ways they personalise and use their Billy bookcases and Klippan sofas.“



At the IKEA Museum you'll also find a Temporary Exhibition, which at the moment is focusing on life in an around the kitchen. Here, there is lots of space for imagining what life at home will look like in the future. This exhibition was first shown at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair.

“It is more than 70 years since Ingvar Kamprad founded Ikea and we have many stories to share – of the events, situations and people that have made Ikea what it is today. A museum is a format that provides space for many different perspectives and a living dialogue. It gives us the opportunity to allow people to experience and come into close contact with the story of Ikea,” says Carina Kloek-Malmsten, Manager, Ikea Museum.

The Ikea Museum also has a restaurant and shop and even offers an educational programme. www.ikeamuseum.com